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The Traveling Photographer by Sandra Petrowitz

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21 Steady Now

The Need for Stability: Tripods & More

It’s for good reason that landscape photographers swear by tripods: a tripod forces the photographer to work with a certain degree of focus and deliberation, which can only be a good thing as far as image composition goes. Anyone who wants to experiment with long exposure times, perhaps at twilight or nighttime or simply for creative reasons, won’t be able to get very far without one. Finding the right tripod is comparable to finding the right lens, the right photo backpack, or the right camera bag: it all depends on your priorities. No one tripod will meet all of your needs, but you can probably find a satisfactory compromise.

Carrying a tripod only makes sense if you’re actually going to ...

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